Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coin formerly used in Germany equal to 1/100 of the deutsche mark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One one-hundredth of the former German mark (Deutsche Mark).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small copper coin of Germany. It is the hundredth part of a mark, or about a quarter of a cent in United States currency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small copper coin, the one-hundredth part of a mark. It is equal in value to about one fourth of a United States cent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 100 pfennigs formerly equaled 1 Deutsche Mark in Germany

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German pfennic, from Old High German pfenning.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But the truth is that the pfennig is the average Teuton's king,

    Songs and Other Verse

  • Some voluntarily paid ten and twenty pfennig for “Help Berlin” stamps on their mail.

    Daring Young Men

  • By the end of the blockade, a two-pfennig surcharge had been added to postage in the western zones to buy supplies for the western sectors of the besieged city.

    Daring Young Men

  • In Orsha the pfennig had finally dropped, but not in Rastenburg.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • Construction workers and laborers were quick to warm up to it: Currywurst was different, yet still strangely familiar, and above all affordable -- Ms. Heuwer sold it for 60 pfennig a portion, about $0.50 today.

    The Craze Over Currywurst

  • A hundred thousand marks, if a pfennig, and a face to turn after in the street!

    Maurice Guest

  • Did I take a pfennig from him in payment? — when I saw that he had talent?

    Maurice Guest

  • And the day came, only too soon, when the positive help Maurice could give her was at an end; she did not owe a pfennig to anyone; her letters and accounts were filed and in order.

    Maurice Guest

  • He had spoken the truth when he said that he was without money; every pfennig he possessed, had been in his pocket the night before.

    Maurice Guest

  • Every pfennig was to go into the massive battleship-building program designed to challenge the Royal Navy.

    Castles of Steel

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  • What if the idea's not worth a pfennig?

    May 24, 2010

  • If I give you a pfennig, you will be one pfennig richer and I'll be one pfennig poorer. But if I give you an idea, you will have a new idea, but I shall still have it, too.

    ~Albert Einstein

    May 24, 2010